1997 PBA draft

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1997 PBA draft
General information
Date(s) January 19, 1997
Location Glorietta Activity Center, Makati
Network(s) VTV on IBC
First selection Andy Seigle (Mobiline Cellulars)
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The 1997 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) rookie draft was an event at which teams drafted players from the amateur ranks. The annual rookie draft was held on January 19, 1997, at the Glorietta Mall in Makati City. [1]

Round 1[edit]

Pick Player Country of origin* PBA team College
1 Andrew John Seigle  United States Mobiline Cellulars New Orleans
2 Nicholas Belasco  United States Pop Cola Bottlers Notre Dame-Maryland
3 Jason Webb  Philippines Sta. Lucia Realtors La Salle-Manila
4 Ernesto Ballesteros  Philippines Formula Shell Zoom Masters UST
5 Lowell Briones  Philippines Purefoods Corned Beef Cowboys Visayas
6 Gabby Cui  Philippines Sta. Lucia Realtors Ateneo
7 Edward Naron  Philippines Gordon's Gin Boars Visayas
8 Angelo David  Philippines Sta. Lucia Realtors FEU

Round 2[edit]

Pick Player Country of origin* PBA team College
9 Tonyboy Espinosa  Philippines Mobiline Cellulars La Salle-Manila
10 Romulo Marata  Philippines Pop Cola Bottlers Adamson
11 Ronilo Padilla  Philippines San Miguel Beermen Cebu
12 Freche Ang  Philippines Purefoods Corned Beef Cowboys Saint La Salle
13 Jay Mendoza  Philippines Formula Shell Zoom Masters Mapua
14 Manuel Ortega, Jr.  Philippines Gordon's Gin Boars SLU


The top two draft picks; Andrew John Seigle and Nic Belasco were born outside the Philippines. It was the first time in league history that a pure-born Filipino player was not chosen as the overall top pick. [2] [3]


Preceded by
1996 PBA draft
PBA draft
Succeeded by
1998 PBA draft